PH Federalism to launch here

Close to 2,000 participants from the province, regions and nation, and all walks of life, who are firm advocates to the shift to a federal form government, will converge at the provincial Conventon Center in Dumaguete City to witness the historic launching of movement that has gone almost moribund before the advent of the current administration.

After the launching, the quest to amend the national Constitution will be debated as to whether it will be thru a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) or a Constituent Assembly (Con Ass)

Several cabinet secretaries will be here like DA Sec Manny Piñol, DILG Sec. Alfredo Sueño, former Sen Aquilino Pimentel Sr, a known advocate of federalism; Information Sec Martin Andanar, and Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Jun Evasco, among ohers.

The 2-day event Sept 9-10 will be heralded by a motorcade, Thursday, and shall be keynoted by President Rodrigo Duterte under the theme: “National Solidarity and Emancipation Through Federalism.”

Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel is tasked to cite the difference between unitary system and federal systems of government. Pimental has been a lifelong advocate for decentralization and devolution of powers from the central government and authored the Local Government Code of 1991.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol will focus on the social benefits of the federal system of government while Interior and Local Government Secetary Sueno will expound on the advantages of a federal system towards local government units.

There are at least three workshops for the participants: how to bring federalism to the grassroots; how to prepare for the constitutional convention and preparation and drafting of a Manifesto on Federalism.

Dr. Henry Sojor, former president of the NORSU Monday expressed his full support to the federal form of government for the country as was main speaker in Cebu during the launching of the Federal Movement of the Philippines Hugpong Federal of Federalism form of government as compared to the Federal Government of France, USA and Switzerland.

Sojor was invited by several national leader of the Movement authorized by Pres. Duterte.

Also in attendance were several Cebu barangay captains and leaders, officers of the Guardian Brotherhood, and sectoral representative. (By Dems Demecillo)

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